The usual scenario when I come back from college in the evening is me jumping in, whistling a merry tune and then running into the kitchen scavenging for food. Today’s was slightly different, it involved me entering my house to see hundreds of strangers, like rodents scurrying about everywhere. And as you can read from this post about guests, I intensely dislike them. It was a miracle I didn’t explode and I might offer a bit of prayer for that later, but now back to the topic – The crowd had gathered at my place to arrange an ‘arranged’ marriage for a distant cousin and it seemed the entire tribe had decided upon us to pass their judgement and have some input in the decision making. The dim and commotion quieted down as the time passed and the hour for the bride-groom to be drew closer. It was nervousness or they just got tired from creating such a racket, I could not tell and frankly I didn’t care. The families offered a small prayer when they saw the groom to be and his family arrive at the gate. They prayed for the the meeting to go well.
All these events got me thinking, ‘Why do people commit themselves to arranged marriages?’ Though I know the success rate of these arranged marriages is more than that of love marriages, but marrying a complete stranger? I find it a bit strange that people are willing to take a leap of faith and marry someone they haven’t known for long. What perks could it have? Having said that, I still think arranged marriage has a bit of thrill to it, what with committing yourself to someone you don’t really know. It could perhaps be the reason of its longevity. After all don’t we all want a bit of adventure and thrill in our life. Maybe arranged marriage provides these moments to people. Maybe it does not but I can’t really say for sure, I haven’t been married before but what do you think?
Yours best man at the wedding